Colin McEnroe Show: Sea Tea Improv & 'Funny Times'

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Colin McEnroe Show: Sea Tea Improv & 'Funny Times'
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Colin McEnroe Show: Sea Tea Improv & 'Funny Times'

Have you noticed that nothing is ever quite funny enough?

Last night I was reading a story in the New Yorker and glancing at the cartoons and kind of gasping at how not funny they were. Hey, this is the New Yorker! It's not like there's some place else for all the better cartoons to go.

Today is our Winter Humor Show. I'm pretty sure we did a Summer Humor Show, but I also think we neglected to do a Fall Humor Show. But the careful calculations we employ to plan this show suggested that, right around now, with the darkness closing in and the holiday crunch upon us, you would need something funny.

We think Sea Tea Improv, a Hartford-based troupe, is funny. And we think improv is, in general, funnier than a lot of other stuff simply because there's every reason to suppose it might not go very well. The danger of failure makes it funnier. Also today, meet the publisher of a monthly humor digest, The Funny Times.  

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EMAIL FROM LARRY:

I am a frequent listener, and if I listen it's almost always the 8:00 PM rebroadcast. Those of us that work during the day a jobs that won't allow talk radio (by policy or because we need to concentrate) that's our only chance to hear you. We're out there. Or at least I am.

One of the drawbacks of listening at 8:00 PM is you can't join the conversation. It's probably not a good idea for me to join the conversation anyway, because often I'm in the car listening while driving home. anyway last night as you talked with CT Improve and ranted about your lack of an 8:00 PM audience, I really wanted to call.

The Hometown Buffet Thanksgiving story. As I listened I thought a great take for CT Improv on the Hometown Buffet story would be to have Bouncer/Doormen at the Hometown Buffet … THE place to be and be seen on Thanksgiving, only allowing those with the saddest and most pathetic stories of recent calamities in their lives. "Flat tire on the way to Grandma's? Sorry, not nearly good enough … come back if a flat tire caused you to crash and lose a limb or run an ambulance off the road."

If you like this and CT Improv is going to do a holiday related improv with ideas from the show, feel free to pass this on.

Actually, you came around to the idea of the "velvet rope" on the show, but I believe it was in connection with the drunk relative showing up with an uncooked turkey.

One more thing to share. As an accounting professor, a couple years ago I was invited to participate in training exercises PriceWaterhouseCoopers conducts at their executive training center in Princeton, N.J. Essentially, faculty were given the opportunity to participate in the same training they provide for their Seniors and Partners. One part of the training was an improvisation workshop (It was an Improv group based in Minnesota or Milwaukee I can't remember which right now, that conducted the workshop) A couple of the key takeaways I got from that workshop came out in your show. One was the "Improv rules" no idea is a bad idea. If you exclude ideas too early in the process you may eliminate what turn out to be wonderful ideas. No editing during brainstorming. The other was the complete acceptance of whatever your improv team did. In other words, while improvising your immediate response should be "yes." As in the example in your show, "Your painting and your "teammate" says "you missed a spot" your response isn't, "No I didn't." It's "Yes … and you take it from there.

So, does working at or performing improvisation yield benefits in other areas of life? CPAs believe it does.

Catch you at eight!